Saturday, June 21, 2014

Here is a great article that talks about how to set up a classroom culture of inquiry and collaboration. These are part of the CCSS. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Classroom culture: It's your decision
"Teachers who expect and plan for collaboration and set up the lessons with enough questions to be answered or discovered are establishing a culture of discovery and inquiry," writes director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD Sean Slade. In a recent Inservice post, Slade shares how teachers can create a positive classroom culture through structures and connections. Read on.

Here are some reflections from real teachers who have attempted blended learning. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Educators share their experiences with blended learning

Students using computers
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Some educators who use blended learning say the infusion of technology has helped them develop student-centered classrooms. Blended learning also has the potential to reshape professional development, educators say. Still, others note that educators need adequate training and support for a successful rollout of the model. Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (6/18)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Not all schools can afford to provide technology for every child. Here is one district's approach to bring your own device. See if this can help you. Courtesy of ASCD.

How 3 districts overcame bring-your-own-device challenges
In this article, school leaders from three districts discuss challenges and lessons learned during their rollout of bring-your-own-device programs. Tim Clark, coordinator of instructional technology for a Georgia school district, said one of the biggest challenges was explaining BYOD to parents. To help overcome this challenge, the district held informational sessions, where they highlighted online safety and guidelines for in-school use of the Internet. District Administration magazine online (5/20)